Pet Food Safety Gets Added Focus

October 29, 2013 / No Comments

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has imposed a new rule that would ensure that food made for pets and animals would meet new safety standards. As per the new rule , companies that manufacture pet food and treats will have to follow good manufacturing practices. The new norm would also include identifying potential dangers and looking for effective ...

Food Waste Spurs Green House Gas Emissions

September 17, 2013 / No Comments

Food wastes are contributing for added amounts of green house gas emissions in countries other than China and the US. This fact was revealed by a recent study conducted by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. Every year, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food get wasted, along with raw materials like water, energy and the chemicals needed to produce ...

Finding Real Food Is Harder Than It Should Be

December 29, 2011 / No Comments

In the supermarket, there's more choices for snacks than some stores in other countries have for all food combined. I'm not just talking about so-called "Third World" countries, where people live daily in hunger and poverty; I'm talking about countries such as Italy, Canada, Australia - Westernized nations, all, where a trip to the grocery store is a decidedly less insane ...

British Shoppers Throw Away 10% of Groceries Shopped Every Week

November 15, 2011 / No Comments

In the present world, starvation and food scarcity are constant features one tends to ignore. As if adding to the woes, a shocking fact about the people of the UK has been revealed! It has been found that 10% of the shopped groceries are being thrown away by an average British buyer every week. It is really hard to believe ...

Five Bizarre Foods in Alicante

July 12, 2010 / No Comments

Image by musaeum One of the best parts of venturing outside your home country is trying the strange, bizarre, and unique foods of another land. Alicante in the south of the Iberian Peninsula contains flavors from Spain, Morocco, and the entire Mediterranean Sea, all of which have been combined by enterprising chefs over the years. Image by govmilliken The clash of cultures, both ...

Genetically Modified Cotton Seeds Are Edible – Could Feed Millions, Scientists Say

November 30, 2009 / 3 Comments

Until now, cotton seeds were normally inedible by humans, because they contain a poisonous substance called gossypol. Cows can eat cotton seeds because of their multiple stomachs which are able to get rid of the toxins before digesting the seeds further - humans, however, cannot do that. Scientists in Texas have found a way to drastically reduce the toxin levels in ...

Philadelphia Has Other Green Things Besides the Eagles

October 12, 2009 / No Comments

I was born in Philadelphia and grew up eating those great Philly Cheese Steaks from Pat’s and the second best in the world from a little hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop around the corner from where I lived.  There were vegetarians back in the 50’s and 60’s, but they mainly stayed away from the steak shops, or more commonly, broke their vow ...

Omega Hydroponic Garden Claims More Yield For Less Energy

September 21, 2009 / 2 Comments

Indoor Hydroponic gardens usually are big and hungry energy sucking installations, with abnormally high electricity usage. The Omega Hydroponic garden though, is a different variety all together as Vancouver based Omega Garden's Carousel System aims at more efficient use of energy, with claims of higher food yield as compared to conventional hydroponic gardens.

California’s Drought Threatens US-wide Food Shortage

June 15, 2009 / 1 Comment

The entire United States faces the threat of a shortage of food because of the severe drought in California, the state which meets about a third of the country’s food needs. [caption id="attachment_5559" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Farms in California - aerial view"][/caption] The farmlands of California are irrigated by diverted rivers and streams that are filled yearly with runoff from the Sierra Nevada ...

Organic Farming, The Clean and Healthy Option?

March 26, 2009 / 1 Comment

The growing world population and the fact that each year we need to feed more mouths, means that farmers are forced to derive the maximum out of the same agricultural land available. The problem with such an approach is that most often synthetic materials and pesticides creep into the local ecosystem due to their excessive usage and it is just ...